In order to produce good local pears, producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts. Now, here's the surprise: pears are picked unripe and left to ripe in a cool, dry, dark place like a basement or garage. If you wait for them to ripen on the tree, you probably won't harvest many - they'll rot and be attacked by bugs and birds. The fruit can be ripened on the tree, but for better quality, they are best picked early and allowed to ripen indoors. Most pears ripen from the inside out, and if left on the tree to ripen, many varieties will become brown at the core and rotten the middle.
How to Tell If Asian Pears Are Ripe
Pear Picking Tips and Facts
Pyrus pyrifolia is a species of pear tree native to East Asia. The tree's edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear ,  Chinese pear ,   Korean pear ,    Japanese pear ,  Taiwanese pear , zodiac pear , and sand pear. Traditionally in East Asia the tree's flowers are a popular symbol of early spring, and it is a common sight in gardens and the countryside. The fruits are not generally baked in pies or made into jams because they have a high water content and a crisp, grainy texture, very different from the European varieties. They are commonly served raw and peeled. Due to their relatively high price and the large size of the fruit of cultivars, the pears tend to be served to guests, given as gifts, or eaten together in a family setting.
Growing Asian Pears
Whether buying Asian pears in a supermarket or harvesting them from your own trees, there are a few indicators that you should pay attention to in order to tell if they are ripe. Asian pears also have other names, including Japanese pear, African pear, Nashi pear, Nashi apple, Korean pear, Taiwan pear, bae li, bapple, sand pear, pear apple and papple. They take the apple parts of these names from their round shape rather the usual pear shape.